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Ryan Zimmerman could be bench player for Nationals in NLDS
by Michael Hurcomb |

Nationals manager Matt Williams did his best Thursday to avoid questions about Ryan Zimmerman's playing status for the NLDS against the Giants. Williams did say there is "possibility for matchups" for Zimmerman, who missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury.

Though, Zimmerman did not play third base in the team's intrasquad game Wednesday, which could be evidence Zimmerman will be coming off the bench in the NLDS, according to The Washington Post.

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Nationals might leave Rafael Soriano off NLDS roster?
by Michael Hurcomb |

Nationals manager Matt Williams declined to talk Thursday about the postseason roster status of reliever Rafael Soriano, who was replaced as the team's closer in early September by Drew Storen.

"We'll determine the final roster when we get out of this workout," Williams said, per The Washington Post.

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Nationals tab Stephen Strasburg to start NLDS opener vs. Giants
by Michael Hurcomb |

Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Thursday starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will start the NLDS opener against the Giants. Jordan Zimmermann will start the second game and Doug Fister will start the third game.

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Report: Twins interviewing Doug Mientkiewicz for managerial job
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Twins are interviewing former major leaguer Doug Mientkiewicz on Thursday for their managerial opening, according to USA Today. He is considered a finalist with Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.

Mientkiewicz has been the manager of the Twins' Class A affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla., the last two seasons. He led the Miracle to a Florida State League title in 2014.

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Duquette: If O's advance, 'possibility' Chris Davis added to roster
by Michael Hurcomb |

If Orioles advance to the AL Championship Series, executive vice president Dan Duquette said it is a "possibility" the team keeps a roster spot open for infielder Chris Davis, who is serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, according to

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Starling Marte picks up a hit Wednesday
by Chris Cwik |

Pirates outfielder Starling Marte collected one of the few hits for his club Wednesday against the Giants. 

Marte finished 1 for 4, singling in the seventh inning. He was one of three Pirates to notch a hit against Madison Bumgarner during the contest. Bumgarner gave up just four hits during a complete game shutout. Marte also struck out once and stranded two runners. 

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Tim Hudson to start Game 2 of NLDS
by R.J. White |

Giants pitcher Tim Hudson has been tabbed to face the Nationals Saturday in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

Hudson has delivered an ERA under 4.00 for eight straight seasons, but he was rocked this September, going 0-4 with an 8.72 ERA and 14:5 K:BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings over five starts. Hudson has pitched in six postseason series (four with Oakland, two with Atlanta), finding himself on the losing side each time. He owns a 3.46 ERA postseason ERA in 54 2/3 innings. Hudson faced the Nationals twice during the regular season, earning a win each time.

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Jake Peavy to start Game 1 of NLDS vs. Nationals
by R.J. White |

Giants pitcher Jake Peavy will take the mound for Game 1 of the National League Division Series in Washington against the Nationals Friday.

Peavy excelled after returning to the NL West this summer, going 6-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 58:17 K:BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings over 12 starts. Prior to joining the Giants, he delivered a 4.48 ERA in 30 starts with the Red Sox after posting a 4.00 ERA in 84 games (83 starts) with the White Sox. He's posted a 3.77 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 14:3 K:BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings in two starts at Nationals Park.

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Report: Justin Smoak likely to hit free agency this offseason
by R.J. White |

Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak will likely reach free agency this offseason, as the team is expected to pay the $150,000 buyout of his 2015 option, the Seattle Times reports.

Smoak has a $3.65-million club option for next season, but the Mariners figure to pay the buyout and decline to tender the first baseman a contract. The option would have vested if he made 525 plate appearances in 2014. Instead, he hit .202/.275/.339 in 276 plate appearances.

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Russell Martin collects one hit Wednesday
by Chris Cwik |

Pirates catcher Russell Martin picked up one hit Wednesday against the Giants.

The Pirates only mustered four hits against Madison Bumgarner, so Martin was one of the standout performers during the contest. During his last at-bat, the fans chanted for Martin to re-sign with the club during the offseason. The team continued to chant even after Martin flew out. He gave the fans a tip of the cap before going into the dugout. Martin is set to be a free agent during the offseason.

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